Garbage problems irk councillors
Dalton Laing, Gleaner Writer
Newly appointed regional operations manager for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Eifort Daley, faced heavy criticisms during the monthly public meeting of the Westmoreland Parish Council last Thursday.
Councillor after councillor aimed blows at Daley, who absorbed the treatment and argued that a lack of resources was the cause of the shortcomings of the NSWMA.
Councillor Paul Wilson of the Frome Division argued that while the roadways are being swept, the garbage is not being disposed of in a timely manner.
"It is cleaned but not taken up, so if the logistics don't change the problem will be the same," said Wilson.
Councillor Milton Miles also expressed concern about the garbage that remained after drain cleaning in the town of Savanna-la-Mar, adding that he has not seen the use of push brooms.
However, the scheduled collection of garbage was the major concern directed at the NSWMA western regional manager.
"We can't guarantee an improvement until at least the minimum requirement of trucks are available," responded Daley.
He explained that Westmoreland has only three working garbage trucks.
"There are four trucks assigned to the parish and one is down, so it is grossly inadequate to meet the minimum requirement," said Daley, adding that the ideal fleet is seven trucks.
Daley, who has been in charge of the solid waste in Trelawny, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland since February 1, is expecting the collection of garbage to be improved significantly over the next three months.
"We should be on top of the situation by the next month because the truck is being repaired."
Daley also told The Gleaner that a relay garbage dumping station for Westmoreland is in the pipeline and should be commissioned in another three months.
He said three such stations are available and lands have been identified in the Petersfield area for one.
"The trucks have to travel all the way to the Retirement dump in St James, so a relay station in Petersfield would make the procedure a lot more effective," Daley explained.